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30th May, 2013
Blog, New Home Plans

Northbrook 30-898, Shingle House Plan, Craftman Home Plan

Northbrook 30-898

Shingles and stones blend harmoniously to give the estate-size Northbrook the look of a rustic lodge. Inside, the wide foyer opens into a bright and spacious great room linked to a dining room and gourmet kitchen. The luxurious owners’ suite boasts a posh bathroom with a deep walk-in closet. More bedrooms plus a large family room are in the daylight basement.

28th May, 2013
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Pacifica 30-683 - Craftsman Home Plan - Luxury House Plan

Pacifica 30-683

This design was built by Westlake Development Group and featured in the 2008 Portland Street of Dreams.

This Craftsman-style home with an inviting front entrance is situated on a downward sloping lot on Mt. Scott, and was designed to take in the beautiful westward views. This home has many luxurious features such as corner windowed soaking up in the owners' suite, and a butlers pantry off the kitchen.

Tour comments heard were, "I could see myself living in this house", "a home I could kick my feet up in", "comfortable, liveable home", and "I'd never leave that bathtub".

(To view photo gallery of this design click "Photos of the Pacifica 30-683" to open blog post)

22nd May, 2013
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Lake Creek 30-819 - Photo - Ranch Home Plan

Lake Creek 30-819

With its single-level Ranch floor plan and central great room, the Lake Creek is equally well suited to the needs of growing families or empty nesters. Wide windows fill most of the rear wall, next to a fireplace nestled into the right-hand corner. Standing at the kitchen sink, you can observe the great room across a raised eating bar, plus the dining area and patio.

(to view tour click "Photos of the Lake Creek 30-819" to open post)

Photos courtesy of Future B Homes

22nd May, 2013
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Montrose II 30-822 - Townhome Plan - Contemporary House Plan

Montrose II 30-822

We are happy to feature photos of our Montrose II townhome constructed by Future B Homes located in an upscale urban village located in Eugene OR. The photo tour below highlights the quality construction Future B Homes provides.

(to view tour click "Photos of Completed Montrose II 30-822" to open post)

Photo courtesy of Future B Homes

22nd May, 2013
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Pine Creek 30-885 - Shingle Style Home Plan - Ranch House Plan

Pine Creek 30-885

Free-following great room, dining room and kitchen make up the left hand side of this shingle-style home. A fireplace is centered on the great room wall, framed by a window on each side. The owners' suite and secondary bedrooms fill out the right side of the home. A generous utility room features lots of built in cabinets and a folding counter.

Photo courtesy of Future B Homes

20th May, 2013
Blog, New Home Plans

Edgewater 10-578, Hexagonal House Plan, Prairie Home Plan

Edgewater 10-578

Wide expanses of glass span the rear walls, inviting construction in a variety of natural settings. A vaulted hexagonal great room fills the heart of this prairie or ranch-style home. Cabinets, counters and appliances wrap around three sides of the vaulted kitchen, which is open to great room. A claw foot tub adds a nostalgic note to the owners’ suite.

14th May, 2013
Blog, New Home Plans

Garage with Attic 20-099

This Craftsman garage plan can park up to three cars. On the left side of the garage there are two doors, one is 10' wide and 10' tall while the other is 16' wide and 10' tall. The garage door on the right side is 9' wide and 10' tall. Upstairs there is a large attic with balcony.

 

9th May, 2013
Blog, New Home Plans

Parkrdige 60-035, Duplex Plan, Country-style House Plan

Parkridge 60-035

This large country-style duplex plan gives you two for the price of one. Both three-bedroom units have a charming railed and covered porch up front and a garage at the rear, but they are far from being mirror images. Their covered patios are well out of earshot of each other, while the shapes and sizes of the rooms vary. Each has a large, bright gathering space.

 

1st May, 2013
Blog, New Home Plans

                            Home from the Heart Survey

Fairheart 10-600, Ranch House Plan, Contemporary Home Plan

Fairheart 10-600 - The 2013 Home from the Heart survey home

What do families want in their homes? It changes a little every year, but much greater differences evolve over the course of a decade. Results just in from Associated Designs' 2013 Home from the Heart Survey show this to be true.

Ten years ago, people yearned for larger homes. The 2000-3000 square foot home was the most popular. This year, 1400-1800 square feet rated the highest, perhaps reflecting the economic realities of the times.

Style preferences have changed a great deal as well. In 2003, the contemporary exterior came out on top, followed closely by the nostalgic country-style home. This year, ranch-style homes were the most preferred, indicating a major comeback for this old favorite. The Craftsman-style home ranked second with 21 percent, actually quite close to the 25 percent it rated in 2003.

When it comes to floor plans, contemporary families appear to want more openness in their gathering spaces. Only 17 percent asked for formal living areas, down from about 50 percent ten years ago. More than 90 percent asked that their kitchen be open to the family room, as opposed to less than 60 percent back then. On the other hand, more than 90 percent now want the owners' suite isolated from the secondary bedrooms, up from 70 percent in 2003. A high preference for its location on the main floor held steady over time.

The desire for a woodstove or fireplace has dropped from 90 percent to about 75 percent. And it's notable, but not surprising, that computer centers have shot up from around 45 percent to around 65 percent. Green building practices were barely talked about in 2003. Now, most families are considering including at least some of these options in their plans.

Newspaper readers, Facebook and Twitter followers, like yourself from all over the United States participated in this survey. We send out a hearty "thank you" to all who did so. Your fresh input is invaluable for keeping our home designs in tune with what real families really want.

View the Home from the Heart survey results

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